Perhaps it is no surprise, given that he has such a big and relatively healthy squad that manager Paul Lambert intends to make some changes at Fleetwood. The home side is currently in third place in the League One table so he won’t want to rock the boat but with an EFLT game against Gillingham at Portman Road on Tuesday night, Lambert seems intent on giving most of his squad some game time. Toto Nsiala has been pencilled in for this one, as has Emyr Huws and Andre Dozzell and there may be a place for Luke Woolfenden at the back as well.
Lambert explained his course of action in his weekly press conference this afternoon. “We’ve got a couple of games in the next few days so most guys will play on either Saturday or Tuesday. We try to pick a team to win a game. The lads have been great whether they’re in or out and they’ve been really, really good. They’re keeping their fitness up whatever happens rather than just training, training, and training with nothing to show for it. They’ve been great and I can’t praise them highly enough.”
Fleetwood, of course, is a coastal town in Lancashire, England, at the northwest corner of the Fylde, and has a population of around 30,000 and this will be Town’s first visit to this part of the world. They are four points adrift of Ipswich as things stand but have won three of their last five games and in their last match beat Shrewsbury Town 0-3 away so they will be a tough nut to crack. We can expect a healthy away following though, and their support this season is surely one of the reasons that we have been picking up so many points on our travels.
Armando Dobra and Myles Kenlock should get more time on Tuesday night as well but I would be surprised if the manager makes to many changes to his winning team – unless certain unforeseen injuries begin to stifle his plans.
FW – editor of Vital Ipswich